We caught up with one of our favourite bearded brother’s Paul Abrahamian, he is a beared model who is involved in creating dynamis post hardcore music, check out his interview below.
Can you try to give our readers a bit of a background on yourself, a quick spill about things you are into?
My name is Paul Abrahamian AKA. Deadskull. I’m 21 years old and currently living in Los Angeles, California. I spend my days studying philosophy, playing/writing music, staying active/working out, and planning my next travel date or tattoo.
We have seen on Instagram that you are a guitarist for REVIVER? Can you tell us more about the band.
REVIVER are a post-hardcore band that has been together for about a year and a half. We’re just a group of dudes who go on stage and have fun. We don’t stand still and we don’t expect our fans to. We have an interesting dynamic in our music and have a new album on it’s way out.
How long have you been modelling for? Have you always been a ‘bearded model’?
I have only been modelling for about 6 months. I started taking photos and doing promotional activity primarily for fun and to promote my band and music. With the rise of the beard trend, I started to get extremely good feedback and my “modelling career” started to get more demanding.
We see you are close friend with Von Knox, do you know many other famous bearded men?
Von Knox is a super hardworking/down to earth guy and we have become good friends. I love supporting the “Bearded Villains” page because the community is really hospitable. Most of my now friends are successful beard models so, if you see us shooting together, chances are that we’re friends. I also had the pleasure of becoming friends with Rikki Hall who is humble/cool dude, very easy to get along with.
Can you try to take us through your daily routine when it comes to beard care? Do you use products like oils and waxes? Do you have any specific brands that you prefer?
Oh man, as “manly” as it is to have a beard, let me tell you it’s a lot of work/maintenance. I would tell anyone who is trying to be “manly,” prepare to work. On a blessed good day, which is rare, I won’t wake up with bed- beard (sleeping on it one way and it becoming terribly misshaped and requires a ton of work) and after I wash my face and wet my beard a bit, I’ll lightly brush through it to keep it collected.
I like to mix beard butter and beard oil together to use in my beard because this little concoction gives you a soft yet sturdy hold. For beard butter, I highly suggest Maestro’s Classic. For beard oils, the quality and scents of Apothecary87 and The Bearded Bastard are unmatched.
Do you trim and maintain your facial hair on your own, or do you only let your barber handle it? Who is your ‘go to’ guy for trimming and maintenance?
I will never touch my own beard mainly because If I don’t trust myself, I’ll hate myself forever if made a mistake. Another reason is that I am blessed with one of the most skilled, master barbers I have ever encountered. His name is Mir and he operates out of The Art of Shaving in Sherman Oaks, California.
This man is an artist. Never uses machines for the beard, and always elegantly uses scissor work. Not only is he good, he’s extremely knowledgable with beards and hair. You have to make an appointment a few weeks/a month in advance, this is for good reason. Trust me.
Do you feel as though your beard has opened you up to new opportunities?
Oh without a doubt! I’ve met so many awesome people and got to work with so many companies that I never thought that I would ever get to do. Through those people/companies, many more doors just keep opening up and I’m extremely excited to continue this little journey. Also, it’s not only the opportunities, I’m meeting some awesome people and making some great friends, which I think is far more valuable than anything else.
What’s next for you? Any big plans in the works?
Currently, the next big thing for me is that I will be temporarily moving to London from late April to August of 2015. I’ve landed a pretty big internship (don’t want to get too specific so I don’t jinx it) and I will get to work closely with some UK friends and companies as well!
If there was one bearded product you could not live without, what would it be and why?
I mean really all of the products I mentioned in the question about beard maintenance. When I don’t use those products, or for some reason, temp roaring don’t have access to them, I contemplate my entire existence.
Lastly, which are your favourite Instagram pages that you can’t live without?
I’m a huge fan of tattoo blogs/pages because you get to see beautiful art, spark your own creativity, and find out about so many talented tattoo artists that you probably would’ve never found out about otherwise. Probably 80% of the pages I follow on Instagram are tattoo artists/blogs. @Tattooistartmag is a good place to start if anyone is interested.
Instagram – www.instagram.com/deadskull